PURCHASE, NY – Junior lefty Kyle Cole (Southington, CT) pitched seven strong innings and allowed just one run on eight singles while striking out two as the Western Connecticut State University baseball team posted an 11-1 victory over Purchase College on Thursday afternoon.
"Kyle Cole had a great effort today," stated head coach Johnny Susi. "He kept the hitters off balance and was able to get a lot of quick outs."
The Colonial bats put together a big six-run fifth inning en route to the non-conference win. The victory improved their overall record to 11-10 and dropped Purchase to 5-12 on the spring.
Heading WestConn's offense were Clete LoRusso (New Milford, CT) and Bill Buscetto (Old Lyme, CT). LoRusso went 3-for-4 with a home run, his fifth of the season, drove in two runs and score twice. Boscetto had two RBI with a single in four trips to the plate.
Following Cole, who improves to 1-2 on the year, to the bump were Andrew Nault (Darien, CT) and Taylor Donofrio (Terryville, CT). They both hurled a hitless frame. Nault struck out two and walked one while Donofrio struck out one.
Panther starting pitcher Jonathan Deacon (Lindenhurst, NY) retired the side in order in the top half of the first.
The Panthers had a one-out base runner in the bottom half, courtesy of a Gavin Brien (Brooklyn, NY) single, but stranded him despite a sharp shot up the middle off the bat of Teofilo Ramirez (Queens, NY). Ramirez' liner turned into a pretty 6-6-3 double play by WestConn shortstop Buscetto.
Deacon pitched around a base runner himself in the top of the second, keeping the game scoreless as both starters started strong on the mound.
Cole matched zeroes in the bottom of the second. The Panthers had a one-out base runner on a single down the third baseline by Taylor Ringold (South Setauket, NY), but a pickoff play erased the runner. Cole regrouped and finished off the inning.
Deacon had to do the same in the bottom of the third, albeit limiting the damage as opposed to walking away completely unscathed. He loaded the bases with no outs, allowing two singles and a walk. A bases loaded walk with one out brought home the game's first run, but Deacon recovered and got two infield pop ups to end the threat.
The Colonials extended the lead on a pair of solo homers in the top of the fourth. Bryan Harper and Clete LoRusso hit the home runs to make it 3-0 in favor of the visitors.
Jake Scimone (Bayport, NY) relieved Deacon in the fifth, inheriting runners on first and second. WestConn would bring home six runs in the frame to break the game open.
Purchase got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on an infield single and RBI by Elijah Tait (Teaneck, NJ).
WestConn added two runs in the sixth after reloading the bases. Moe Ortiz doubled to left to plate two more.
Neal Koch (New City, NY) pitched the seventh, eighth and ninth in relief for Purchase.
WestConn travels to Keene State College for a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 15. First pitch is slated for 12 noon.